Malta International Music Festival



24-30 May 2021

World Wide!


Vadym Kholodenkopiano(Ukraine)


Robert Samut Hall

On the 25th of May, internationally acclaimed pianist Vadym Kholodenko is set to deliver a much-awaited solo recital at the illustrious Robert Samut Hall in Floriana, as part of the 2021 edition of the Malta International Music Festival. The winner of the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition shall be performing a wide variety of beloved pieces from his vast repertoire, with the programme specifically selected to offer up an intriguing diversity of sound and technique to the audience. Kholodenko shall be traversing through a multitude of musical periods through his performance, ranging from the classical to the contemporary, with the concert starting off with a rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Seven Bagatelles’, before heading into an interpretation of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s ‘Variations sérieuses’. These shall be followed by a performance of contemporary composer Alexey Shor’s ‘Piano Sonata’, after which Kholodenko shall present the audience with his rendition of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s ‘Variations on a Theme of Corelli’. The concert shall then be closed off with a performance of renowned Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz’s ‘El Corpus en Sevilla’, ‘El Polo’, and ‘Eritaña’, from his seminal work ‘Iberia’.

Vadym Kholodenko


Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted young pianists, praised in his performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra “for his absorbing melodic shading [and] glittering passage work” (Philadelphia Enquirer). Winner of the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Kholodenko captivated audiences and critics alike with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra immediately appointing him their first Artist in Partnership for a period of three years. His latest solo disc on Harmonia Mundi, works by Scriabin won a prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’année. Previous awards include First Prizes at both the Schubert Piano Competition, Dortmund (2011) and Sendai Piano Competition (2010). Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kirill Karabits, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Paul Daniel, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Ion Marin and Kazuki Yamada. In 2013 he held a residency at the Mariinsky Concert Hall where Valery Gergiev named him Artist of the Month and recently requested him for concerto performances and recordings in Paris, Luxembourg and St Petersburg.

In North America Kholodenko has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and toured with the Staatskapelle Weimar under Kirill Karabits. He has given recitals throughout the United States including in New York, Washington and Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival.

His 2017 London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra resulted in an immediate re-invitation whilst elsewhere in Europe he has recently worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid and Orquesta Nacional de España. He has recently given solo recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall and LSO St Lukes in London, Liszt Academy Budapest, Radio France in Paris, Lucerne and at the SWR Schwetzignen Festspiele, La Roque d’Anthéron and Chopin Festival in Warsaw. A committed chamber musician he enjoys performing at the Spectrum Concerts series in Berlin and has collaborated with Vadim Repin, Clara-Jumi Kang, Alena Baeva, Maxim Rysanov and cellist Alexander Buzlov.

Kholodenko is a regular visitor to Japan and has performed with the Japan Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras and last season toured the country with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and given recitals throughout Japan as well as in Beijing and Singapore.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Søndergård, NCPA Orchestra/Chung, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Bournemouth Symphony/Ion Marin and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Louis Langrée whilst in recital he opens the inaugural Jacques Samuel Piano Series and performs in New York, Bilbao, Lucerne, Paris and Moscow.
Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No 2 which was awarded Editor’s Choice in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording” and the complete cycle of Prokofiev Piano Concertos. His most recent release, solo works by Scriabin received a Diapason d’Or de l’année whilst future plans include solo discs of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. For Arthaus he recorded Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 5 with the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Valery Gergiev, released on DVD.

Vadym Kholodenko was born in Kiev, Ukraine and gave his first concerts at the age of 13 in the USA, China, Hungary and Croatia. He studied at the Moscow State Conservatoire under renowned teacher, Professor Vera Gornostaeva.


L. van Beethoven

Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33

F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Variations sérieuses, Op. 54

A. Shor

Piano Sonata

S. Rachmaninoff

Variations on a Theme of Corelli Op.42

I. Albéniz

El Corpus en Sevilla ;
El Polo;

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